Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, offering qualifications up to degree level, no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

Higher and degree apprentices typically split their time between college or university and the workplace. As with other apprenticeships they are employed throughout and the cost of the fees are shared between government and their employer.



– Achieve graduate and postgraduate-level qualifications while learning and earning in a real business

– New opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition and status

– The chance to gain professional accreditation and membership

– No debt via student loan



Higher apprenticeships at levels 4,5,6 & 7 are equivalent to a foundation degree and above.

Higher Apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to the following nationally recognised qualifications:

– Level 4 and 5 – equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree or

– Level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor degree

Over 60 of the apprenticeships listed in The Apprenticeship Guide 2017 can be studied at level 4 and above, representing hundreds of job roles.

Higher Apprenticeships are currently available in the following sectors:

Agricultural & land-based industries, Business & IT, Construction, Creative, media & the arts, Energy, Engineering & electrical, Finance, Health & care, Hospitality & travel, Manufacturing, processing & logistics, Public services and Vehicles & transport.



Gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree with a Degree Apprenticeship at levels 6 and 7

Degree Apprenticeships are designed by industry to bring together the very best in higher and vocational education. Apprentices achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as a core component of the apprenticeship. On a Degree Apprenticeship, you will be tested on your academic learning, as well as your wider skills and ability to do a job. You will be assessed either using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and higher education institutions, or using a degree plus a separate end-test of your professional competence.

The Government is committed to expanding the number, range and quality of apprenticeships that offer training to degree level and many more are currently being developed and will be available from 2017.

Browse here to find a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship to suit you

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